30-08-2017 12:30 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Kochi takes initiative for students’ mental health.
Students are not new to stress as depression and exam phobia are taking its toll on their mental health. To address this issue, the district health department in Kochi is all set to introduce mental health programme to schools and colleges for early identification of signs of mental stress and illness.
Dr Ajeesh, nodal officer, district mental health programme (DMHP) and psychiatrist, general hospital, Ernakulam said that there has been a steady rise in the number of cases related to mental stress, depression etc. reported by the students at these adolescent friendly health clinics. He said that if not treated, these children will turn to substance abuse as they are not able to handle complicated situations.
He said that it is imperative to identify the early signs of stress, depression and exam phobia among students. While some need immediate attention others may require long-time support.
There are plans to get the school authorities and parents involved in this initiative as their support and cooperation is vital. Clinical psychologists and school counsellors will also be roped in. In the initial stage, the programme will be implemented in government schools and colleges and later on will be expanded to reach out to all students.
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